U.S./Mexico border at ‘breaking point’ after record number of illegals try crossing
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| Nicole Darrah, Fox News – More than 76,000 people tried to cross the U.S.-Mexico border in February — a “remarkable” leap that more than doubles the number of border apprehensions during the same period of time last year, and is also the highest number of any February in the past 12 years, according to officials.
The system is “well beyond capacity, and remains at the breaking point,” U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan told reporters on Tuesday as the agency released the “record numbers” of those trying to enter the U.S. through the southern border.
As of Tuesday, 70 percent of those arrested for attempting entry without proper documentation are from Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras. Caravan Migrants In Poor Health, By MEXICAN Standards
“It should be very clear from these numbers that we are facing alarming trends in the rising volumes of people illegally crossing our southwest border, or arriving at our ports of entry without documents,” McAleenan said …
Officials on Tuesday announced plans for a new processing center in El Paso, Texas, to manage the record number of people crossing the border.
While not a permanent solution, it will be better suited to manage families and children, and handle medical care concerns. Detention Areas Give Children Best Healthcare Of Their Lives
“While our enhanced medical efforts will assist in managing the increased flows, the fact is that these solutions are temporary and this solution is not sustainable,” he said … Read more.
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